Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Suicide bomber kills eight people in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Terrorism | Boko Haram has stepped up sporadic attacks within the past month
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/17, 01:00 pm

A female suicide bomber on Monday killed at least eight people when she detonated explosives at a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. The bombing is the latest in a spate of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram this month that have killed at least 43 people in the city.

Danbatta Bello, a spokesman for the civilian defense force, said two girls were strapped with explosives, but one got stuck in barbed wire in a ditch near the area. Bello said officials from the civilian defense force chased after the second girl.

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Jordan convicts soldier in murder of three American troops

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/17, 08:18 am

A military court in Jordan has sentenced a Jordanian soldier to life in prison with hard labor for killing three U.S. military trainers at a Jordanian air base. Gunfire killed the three U.S. Army green berets on Nov. 4 as their convoy waited at the base gate. The soldier pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, claiming he opened fire out of fear the base was under attack. The U.S. Embassy in a Monday statement said the trial verified the U.S. military trainers had “followed all established procedures when accessing the base the day of the incident, as we have noted before.”

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American doctor set to visit Charlie Gard

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/17, 08:14 am

An American specialist will travel to London this week to examine 11-month-old Charlie Gard and talk with the British doctors treating him. Dr. Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, will meet with the doctors and Charlie’s mother during the next two days at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The visit is the latest stage in the court battle Chris Gard and Connie Yates have waged for months in an attempt to take their critically ill son to the United States for an experimental treatment.

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